Links 4/21/21

Links for you. Science:

The humble shrub that’s predicting a terrible fire season
New Record: 47 People On Flight Test Positive For Coronavirus
NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter lifts off of Mars
COVID vaccines and blood clots: five key questions
B.1.1.7 variant linked to 100-plus person ‘superspreader’ outdoor party near Maple Creek, Sask. (note that this is outdoors)

Other:

Deep Cleaning Isn’t a Victimless Crime
DeSantis wants voters’ signatures to match. Would his pass the test?
Gaetz of Hell: For the Nameless Ones
Daunte and the Debt Collectors: How the Cops Became Robbers
The Blue States That Make It Hardest to Vote
Andrew Yang Hasn’t Done the Math
The deep cruelty of U.S. traders of enslaved people didn’t bother most Americans
Planes, Trains, and Working Women. By turning care work into infrastructure, Biden is doing something unprecedented: He’s taking women’s economic plight seriously.
Why I feel sorry for Mike Pompeo
Pink Houses, Black Lives, And John Mellencamp’s Misunderstood Legacy

Billions spent on coronavirus fight, but what happens next?
This Republican “Working Class Party” Thing Is a Clown Show of the Highest Order
The link between America’s rising maternal mortality rates and abortion: It’s not a coincidence that maternal mortality rates began rising as abortion became harder to get
Anti-Vax Activists Are Quietly Bending State Politics To Their Will. At least five states are considering bills based on language written by a fringe group. Across the U.S., legislators are promoting bad science and COVID denial.
Why Biden is better for Taiwan
Lessons learned — and forgotten — from the horrific epidemics of the U.S. Civil War

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